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Official Singles Chart on 14/6/2019

14 June 2019 - 20 June 2019

The Official UK Singles Chart reflects the UK’s biggest songs of the week, based on audio and video streams, downloads, CDs and vinyl, compiled by the Official Charts Company. The UK Top 40 is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, the Top 100 is published exclusively on OfficialCharts.com. View the biggest songs of 2023.

 

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The Bitch is Back🚀

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If Freddie Mercury isn’t top of the charts with Time Waits For No One then this generation truly are going to be done for because that’s true music so I recommend you go and stream it

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Dutulescu Stefan Claudiu

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UK Top 40 Singles Chart, 14 June 2019
https://youtu.be/PNYNdmAHYzg

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Piran

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My thoughts & observations on the UK charts as always…

- Despite not being #1 on the Official Chart Update, ‘I Don’t Care’ by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber narrowly leads the singles chart for a fifth consecutive week (1,553 combined sales ahead of ‘Old Town Road’).

- ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X has now been at #2 for the past seven weeks! Even though it was the most streamed track of the week with 8.8 million plays, ‘I Don’t Care’ remained the most downloaded song over the past seven days.

- ‘Hold Me While You Wait’ by Lewis Capaldi soars to #1 on the national airplay chart for the first time.

- ‘Old Town Road [Remix]’ by Lil Nas X ft Billy Ray Cyrus spends its eighth week in total at #1 on Britain’s YouTube chart, although it loses 19% of its weekly views to 4.23 million.

- CHRIS BROWN FT DRAKE - NO GUIDANCE (#8)
Yeah, we all knew this was coming! I expect Chris Brown to get a hit every now & then, but the real reason this is in the Top 10 is, well… Drake! Here’s the thing though, with how much music the latter has put out lately & the fact that he’s got two new songs out tomorrow, they really need to be awesome to win me over, which sadly, this song isn’t. It just sounds too familiar from what we’ve heard from both of these before; I’ve never minded Drake’s crooning & I respect that he’s supporting women for their financial independence (although he does go off-topic pouring out his feelings after the final hook) & Chris’ vocals are better than average, but this mid-tempo urban production seems very safe & it doesn’t develop into anything more. Again, it’s not bad, but this is only charting this high on name recognition & streaming alone. For me, it’s a light 6/10!

- MABEL - MAD LOVE (#18)
So I have definitely been supportive of Mabel’s music since her UK breakthrough, so I was certainly excited to see ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ become her first international hit earlier this year. As for this, eh, it’s not bad, but she can do a hell of a lot better! Let’s get the big issue out of the way first; the lyrics are incredibly basic compared from what we’re used to from her, which is essentially describing getting laid. Yeah, she’s bringing that level of confidence I like hearing from her & she can pull off $exy rather well, but is it just me, or does she sound out of breath at times & the hook is trying to aim for something bigger than it actually is? I mean, I’m a sucker for the tropical vibe she’s been following recently, but this is considerably less creative than what brought to the charts in the first place. So for me, I’m thinking a very light 7/10!

- MOSTACK FT DAVE & J HUS - STINKING RICH (#19)
Here’s another example of how not necessarily having the biggest album of the week can give you the most notable impact of the singles chart. WIth Mostack, he’s not done anything to really annoy me, but nothing all that impressive either. With this, sorry, I’m just lukewarm it on best. Of course, I’ve always expressed my support of Dave’s & J Hus’ flows (see my review of ‘Disaster’ for that), but the punchlines & bragging lines make a lot less sense here than usual & Mostack’s tone goes from being either forgettable or annoying. One thing I can somewhat get behind is the slightly dark & groovy opening to the song, as well as the trumpets that close out the song, but that energy quickly dissipates for me unfortunately. I'm trying to become more generous to this genre, but even then, this is still a solid 5/10 overall.

- AVICII - HEAVEN (#20)
This song has actually been in the works since 2014, roughly around the time Avicii & Chris Martin wrote ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’. I won’t say ‘Heaven’ surpasses that level of quality, but it certainly comes close & is still amazing all the same! Both artists have always had a knack of writing an impressive vocal melody & while the subject matter is simply finding a heavenly love, the songwriting transcends it into some of the most intriguing descriptions & metaphors I’ve heard in dance music in a long time. This feels almost a story more than a song to me. The song hits crescendos & fades away at just the right times, as well as the piano chords & drippy electronic rhythms working fantastically! I’m not sure if this fits the vibe of being a massive summer club anthem, but what a fitting tribute to an incredible DJ/producer! As my new profile picture implies, I love Avicii’s new album & this song is definitely a highlight. Very strong 9/10 here!

- LIAM GALLAGHER - SHOCKWAVE (#22)
I love how Liam Gallagher is one of the very few older artists that is still essentially guaranteed to impact the Top 40 of the singles chart with their comeback single. While I’m probably not as hyped as I was when ‘Wall Of Glass’, I can’t deny my excitment for Liam’s new album is still there & that was confirmed when I heard this! It’s definitely going for a bombastic feel, with Greg Kursten contributing an organ, a tambourine & even a harmonica, all alongside the classic bass & drums. To be honest though, despite him & all the other contributors to the, the swell of Liam’s vocals are really what keep this song solid for me & why Radio 1 have hopped on board with this fast. Definitely looking forward to hearing more, because for now, this is an 8/10 for me!

- AJ TRACEY - LADBROKE GROVE (#26)
Here’s an example of why I’ve never got on board with the OCC’s new rules; they cap songs that get knocked back after 10 weeks, yet this was in the Top 100 for 17 weeks before getting here & it probably should’ve sooner. That said, I can’t exactly complain either, because the song is sadly not all that good, or at least far from AJ Tracey’s best. The pitched-shifted, somwhat distorted background vocals really kills the hype of this song & it’s especially bad to open this up with. Thankfully, AJ Tracey tries his best to save it by using some more complex flows than his peers, but there’s so little outside of his decent MC skills that works here & the track seems to end a bit abruptly too, like, it could’ve done with another bridge or hook to slow the track down gradually instead of bringing it to a halt like that. I’m still keen to check out that debut album, but this isn’t one of the tracks I’m really attracted to. 5/10, at best!

- YOUNG T & BUGSEY FT AITCH - STRIKE A POSE (#30)
This is a song that I was preparing for next week, but apparently it had enough Apple Music presence to make the chart today. Anyway, as for this, there’s something addictive about this for sure! One trend in British hip-hop that is promising to see is that rappers outside of London are having their time in the spotlight, but the flows & the charisma here are undeniably smooth! In terms of production, what immediately stood out to me was the fuzzy bass & it has enough of a steady rhythm to make me “strike a pose”. Of course, the lyrics are complete nonsense & you have Aitch saying that he’s 19 whilst trying to go for a 32 year old woman which I found a bit unusual, but if you look beyond that, there is actually some potential for this. I’m giving this a solid 6/10 for now; it’s a lot better than I was expecting!

- MOSTACK FT FREDO - I’M THE ONE (#39)
As for this Mostack entry, again, I’m honestly on two minds with this! On one hand, I can kind of support the production from Steel Banglez; the skittering beat blends with the piano melody really well & I honestly wish the latter was brought further to the front of the mix (this only happens at the end of the song). However, then we get to the delivery & content; Fredo’s flow is certainly impressive but his lyrics really lack detail, but at least he’s not going for this annoying warbled tone that Mostack is that describes this relationship with a London girl that he’s interested in. Both of them also sound really off-key when it comes to their harmonies & that’s honestly the worst part of the song for me. I don’t know, maybe I’d have liked it more if it was a solo & at least the instrumentation is okay, but this doesn’t sound like something that’ll last. Light 5/10.

- On the albums chart, it’s a fourth consecutive week at #1 for ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ by Lewis Capaldi! It’s now the longest running #1 album to be released in 2019 so far.

- The rest of the Top 5 is: ‘Happiness Begins’ by The Jonas Brothers (debuts at #2, new personal best), ‘Stacko’ by Mostack (debuts at #3), ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ by Billie Eilish (stationary at #4) & ‘Office Politics’ by The Divine Comedy (debuts at #5).

- Looking ahead to next week, these songs could enter the Top 40 for the first time: ‘Bounce Back’ by Little Mix, ‘You Need To Calm Down’ by Taylor Swift, ‘A Brand New Day’ by BTS & Zata Larsson, ‘Castles’ by Freya Ridings, ‘Stay [Don’t Go Away]’ by David Guetta ft Raye, ‘Joy’ by Bastille, 'Pop Out' by Polo G ft Lil Tjay, the two Drake tracks coming out tomorrow & maybe even more.

- Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all have a good weekend. :)

- My latest Crown Note chart: http://crownnote.com/charts/piran-delves/pirans-top-40-132
(next one will be posted later or tomorrow)

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Henri Laitila

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While we all know who helped this song get so high, it's still interesting to see Chris Brown with a top 10 debut in the UK!

How popular has he been in your country over the years, chart-wise?

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Ben Jordan

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Hi Piran, hope you have had a good week. It's great to see your observations on the singles chart as per usual.

I'm really happy Avicii managed to land 'Heaven' in the Top 20 - the whole album is an amazing experience, and although it's not 100% Avicii, it's all a great tribute to him. It's definitely what he would have wanted. It's a shame to not see TIM debut in the Top 5 on albums, although producer albums never usually do that well.

All the new releases this week are very different, all the way from garage-infused 'Ladbroke Grove', which is an odd exception to the OCC rules as you stated, to alternative from Liam Gallagher with 'Shockwave'.

Although there was change in the Top 12 this week, the entire Top 5 remains untouched yet again. It's a very odd occurrence from what I have seen. That being said, there was predicted movement on the weekly chart update, however this is one of the biggest mid-week shifts I've seen in a while. 'Shockwave' was expected to have a late Top 10 entry, though he debuts outside of the Top 20 as a whole. 'Old Town Road' also missed out on the top spot again, even though it was predicted to take the trophy this week. The drastic mid-week change links in to the weekend spikes, which is becoming more and more common in the UK charts. Songs are being downloaded and streamed more on a weekend than ever before. This changes the singles chart from the predictions majorly. This is what happened to 'Woman Like Me' from Little Mix. It was a weekend hit and died out later in the week, falling from what was predicted to be a #1 song to a debut at #5.

The charts are in a weird place at the moment; it's very exciting to see how it changes week on week (or in it's current case, doesn't change at all).

I'll check out your new chart when it comes out, have a great weekend!

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Piran

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Hey Ben! :)
Yeah, it's been good thanks! Just been chilling out really, since my University exams are all finished & I got my results back which I was happy with. How have you been? :D
I think what ultimately kept 'I Don't Care' out in front was the fact that it had always been dominant on Apple Music, which is gaining subscribers at the similar rate to Spotify in the UK, if not faster! The chart update on Monday usually tends to underestimate songs with good streaming, but overestimate ones with good sales. An even bigger case than 'Woman LIke Me' is a single from The Vamps a little while back called 'Wake Up' (#1 on the update, #12 on the main chart).
I did see a bit of diversity in this week's new arrivals as you said & yeah, 'Heaven' is by far the best of the week! The whole of 'TIM' felt like Avicii is still speaking to us from "heaven" even though he had died. 'Heaven' might even be my favourite track from the album alongside 'SOS'!
My new chart is out now actually & I also just posted a comment on yours too. ;)

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Piran

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Hey Henri! :)
The UK has definitely been one of the countries he's seen the most success in, probably more than the US in terms of singles recently.
Here's his overall chart performance over here so far: https://www.officialcharts.com/artist/17746/chris-brown/

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Henri Laitila

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Wow that is an incredible chart history right there!

What I find very interesting is the fact the biggest singles from his Fortune album, "Turn Up The Music" and "Don't Wake Me Up" both peaked at #10 in the US, while the former was a #1 hit in your country, and the latter peaked at #2 as well!

I checked his chart-history in Finland as well. I expected around 10 plus entries on our singles chart, but seems like only five entries, with only two as a lead! Very interestingly, those two are also his two very first singles!

Here's his songs on our singles chart over the years:

"Run It"; Peak #7, 2006
"You (Excuse Me Miss)"; Peak #14, 2006
"No Air" (Jordin Sparks ft Chris Brown); Peak #12, 2008
"International Love" (Pitbull ft Chris Brown); Peak #7, 2012
"Five More Hours" (Deorro & Chris Brown); Peak #2, 2015

Surprisinly no "Freaky Friday" here. Also a lot of other famous songs seemed not to hit big here!

Though I am still glad that "No Air" and "International Love" did so well, as those are actually very good songs!

Ironically his biggest hit here seems to be the only one of these I don't remember :D I mean it's possible I've heard it seeing as it did so well but do not remember its sound.

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Zoltán Oskovits

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What's happening with Lewis Capaldi's "Bruises" and "Grace" disappearing and re-entering? Record company trick?

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Lars Van Moer

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Consequences of the rule "maximum 3 tracks per album" . One week, "Bruises" will have been among the 3 highest charting tracks of Capaldi's album and "Grace" not, another week it will have been vice versa. See also the explanation on this chart watching website: https://chart-watch.uk/index.php/week-ending-june-20th-2019

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Piran

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The "three songs per artist" rule means that only one of those two songs can chart inside the Top 100 (as 'Someone You Loved' & 'Hold Me While You Wait' have both always done better). Last week, 'Bruises' was ahead of 'Grace', but it's the other way around this week.

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Piran

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Yeah, Chris Brown has been incredibly consistent in the UK! :)
In Finland, it seems like his solo career fizzled out early, but he actually got some of his biggest hits on collaborations.
I definitely agree that 'International Love' is an awesome song, but I also really like 'Five More Hours'! Apparently, that song was an original by Deorro called 'Five Hours', which was a big hit all around Europe. It took the remix to become a hit in both of our countries, but even with that, it could still never find its way onto the Hot 100.

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Foxes

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Hey Piran! I've got exams all throughout next week so this will be a shorter comment than usual, but I do like seeing 'I Don't Care' get a 5th week at #1. I also like the climbs for 'Hold Me While You Wait' and 'SOS' in the Top 10, and I like that 'Stacko' gets a #3 debut as well, even if I do wish that 'TIM' had debuted higher than #7. I am very sad that 'Location' finally got pushed onto ACR as well.
As for the debuts, all of them are pretty decent at least this week. 'No Guidance' would get a solid 7/10 for me, while 'Mad Love' would be a light 8/10 and 'Stinking Rich' would be a strong 8/10, mostly because of Dave and somewhat J Hus as well, though I still do like MoStack's parts. 'Heaven' would only be a light 6/10 for me, my least favourite track from 'TIM', while 'Shockwave' would be a solid 5/10. I was really excited to see 'Ladbroke Grove' enter the Top 40, as it's definitely one of my favourite tracks from 'AJ Tracey'. As you might remember from my charts, it spent 10 weeks lingering around the Top 20 after an initial #25 debut, and eventually peaked at #10. It would've peaked much higher as well if the album hadn't been released on the exact same day as 'thank u, next'. 'Strike a Pose' would only be a light 6/10 for me, while 'I'm The One' would be a solid 5/10.
Next week, 'I Don't Care' will almost definitely be #1 again, purely due to the fact that both 'Old Town Road' and 'Someone You Loved' are set to be bumped onto ACR. If not for that I think 'Old Town Road' would've returned to #1. The biggest debuts will probably come from Drake, probably Top 10 or maybe Top 5 for 'Money In The Grave', but I'm not really sure what else will debut.

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Piran

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Hey Gameskiller! :)
That's not a problem! Best of luck with your exams next week, although I'm sure you'll do fine anyway.
Yeah, if both 'Old Town Road' & 'Someone You Loved' do go on ACR next week, 'I Don't Care' will almost certainly be #1 next week.
I would say 'Bounce Back' & 'You Need To Calm Down' might debut in the Top 10, but since most of their points are coming from sales, Top 20 might be a more realistic prediction for those at this point. Regarding the latter, do you prefer it to 'Me!'?
I guess it's cool that there were no new Top 40 arrivals that either of us disliked, but our ranking of them would probably look the complete opposite, haha.
Anyway, have a good week if you can't be back on here during your studies!

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David N'jama

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Please can you give me the link to the Finnish charts.

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Henri Laitila

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https://ifpi.fi

This should work

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David N'jama

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Thanks